The aim of this mixed-methods study was to test the feasibility of running outdoor heritage craft workshops at the York Experimental Archaeology Research Centre and to explore how linking students to outdoor archaeology-based activities might benefit health and wellbeing.

The study involved taking part in one of two workshops (i.e., bead making or pottery making), completing a ‘Before’ and ‘After’ questionnaire and a follow-up interview. Forty-eight participants attended across 7 workshops (4 = pottery, 3 = bead making) between March and June 2023, and 15 participants completed an online interview. Results demonstrated good acceptability and feasibility of research methodologies and intervention. Thematic analysis of interview data identified potential pathways to positive mental health and wellbeing outcomes through engaging in creative activities, connecting with the natural environment, connecting with the past, and positive social dynamics. Recommendations were for wider accessibility to students on a longer-term basis to support health and wellbeing.


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